On Friday 8th May 2020, the Ministry of Health and Wellness in St. Lucia received a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from RUBIS to help healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19.
Rubis St. Lucia Country Representative, Gary Gustave, said it was extremely important for the company to play a significant role in supporting efforts to ensure front line healthcare personnel, essential workers and the community at large remained safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic. During the press conference, Mr. Gustave said “We are pleased to partner with the Chief Medical Officer to ensure that those critical persons on the frontline get the much needed PPE so that they can continue to work diligently and to maintain their safety, to ensure their families and the island continue to recover from this pandemic. We at Rubis have partnered with countries across the region and we continue to show our appreciation and our support in these tough times.”
Minister for Health & Wellness Sen. Hon. Mary Isaac expressed appreciation to Rubis for the contribution and said the PPE is vital in the COVID-19 battle. “It is wonderful to see corporate societies coming forward and working with us with to ensure our people keep safe, that our frontline workers have the necessary PPE for them to do the job that they are doing and of course we all know so far they have done a wonderful job in keeping our people safe, in keeping our country safe from this horrible virus.” Rubis donated 2000 surgical masks, 2000 KN95 masks and 2000 gloves, valued at EC$21,000.
Earlier in the month, Rubis also bestowed EC$20,000 in Ultra Tec fuel to the Government for use by the national police and emergency services who are on increased duty times during the curfew. At the service stations, Rubis has provided face masks for all gas attendants to wear to mitigate the spread of the virus and installed COVID-19 signage at the fuel pumps to remind customers on safe practices to use.